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Cam Newton Erases All Doubt

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http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread-CamNewton/cam-newton-fast-start-erases-doubts-ability

As Newton leaned against a tiny lectern, he looked about as cheery as a 10-year-old who'd just learned his new bike had been stolen.

The hardest thing for Newton to grasp -- even in the midst of a season where Carolina is now 2-5 following Sunday's 33-20 win over Washington -- is that there should be plenty of optimism stirring in this franchise. In just seven weeks, he has gone from being the most scrutinized No. 1 overall pick in NFL draft history to being hailed as a burgeoning superstar.

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Just hoping he doesn't Lebron James the Panthers.

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Just hoping he doesn't Lebron James the Panthers.

I really don't get this concern. Do you see "Chosen One" tattooed anywhere on Cam? He believes every loss is his fault, never that his supporting cast fails him. They couldn't be more different.

Besides, he's a national figure already, no need to go to a big media market like NBA players have to, and we'll always be able to pay him more than other teams (not that he's shown he's terribly concerned about the money. He just wants to play and win football games.)

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Just hoping he doesn't Lebron James the Panthers.

hard to compare because this is less likely in the NFL because one player can't make a team, even though he has had a huge impact on the panthers...Also, his personality is not like Lebron's. His work ethic, passion and the willingness to be great is nothing like Lebron.

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No I understand the personality differences and the fact that football is a totally different team sport than basketball. (Different in the sense that most bball players take a diva persona) Just saying if the chips don't fall where we hope them too that he doesn't get fed up with losing so much that he leaves.

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No I understand the personality differences and the fact that football is a totally different team sport than basketball. (Different in the sense that most bball players take a diva persona) Just saying if the chips don't fall where we hope them too that he doesn't get fed up with losing so much that he leaves.

true...I would certainly hope that we continue to put a team out there in the next few years that is a playoff contender every year.

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Just hoping he doesn't Lebron James the Panthers.

Is this a realistic possibility? How is Carolina and Charlotte perceived around the league? Do you think Cam is that type of guy?

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I really don't get this concern. Do you see "Chosen One" tattooed anywhere on Cam? He believes every loss is his fault, never that his supporting cast fails him. They couldn't be more different.

Besides, he's a national figure already, no need to go to a big media market like NBA players have to, and we'll always be able to pay him more than other teams (not that he's shown he's terribly concerned about the money. He just wants to play and win football games.)

Forgive my ignorance, but how exactly can we always pay him more than other teams?

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"The guy always had a big-time arm and he's always been accurate," the (NFL) personnel director said. "If you go back and look at the games he played in the second half of last year -- many against great competition -- he made some throws that proved his coaches trusted his arm."

And there are still some that will insist that he was not an accurate passer in college.

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Is it just my computer or is Kordell Stewarts head all kinds of messed up in that video.

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Cam wants to play and he wants to win. He couldn't do both at Florida. He left. Maybe a bad thing to use in the "Cam would never pull a LeBron" argument.

But Cam is very different from LeBron. As long as he's winning, he's happy. Look at his press conference. Surround the guy with a good team as JR is trying to do, and he's as happy as Rodgers in GB, or Brady in NE. There's also the little matter of franchise tags and the Panthers' insistence on keeping their own stars.

It's no guarantee, but if guys like Smith and Beason come back to Carolina, so would Cam.

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Why are you guys worried about Cam leaving? Who was the last great quarterback to force his way out of a town?

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